Projects and Research

The Pocomoke River Project is a long term initiative to reconnect the river channel to its floodplain along the river’s main stem and many of the river’s tributaries. In the 1940s extensive channelization straightened the river and left an artificial levee 3 to 12 feet high along both river banks. The levee restricts the natural flow of floodwaters in and out of the Pocomoke’s forested...

What began as the restoration of an abandoned area near Baltimore Harbor has grown into a nationally recognized partnership connecting the city’s residents to the outdoors. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated Masonville Cove, as the nation’s first Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership on September 26, 2013.

The Maryland Port Administration built the Masonville Dredged Material...

Once a haven for wildlife, Poplar Island, in the mid Chesapeake Bay region, was slipping away at a rate of more than 13 feet a year due to sea level rise, land subsidence and erosion. The island was well on the way to becoming just another sand shoal.

Maps and records from the 1600’s describe Poplar Island as over 2,000 acres. The Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at...

Nutria Eradication Project

Protecting and Conserving Communities of the Delmarva Peninsula

Nutria (Myocastor coypus) are invasive, semi-aquatic, South American rodents first released into Dorchester County, Maryland in 1943. Nutria are not native to Maryland's wetland ecosystems; therefore, there are few predators or natural conditions to control their population. Since...

The National Detector Dog Training Center trains dogs for various agencies including U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on targets ranging from agricultural products to contraband wildlife items. Detector dogs are those trained to find a target odor. Dogs have 300 million olfactory receptors making them efficient at searching landscapes to find an odor...